Two questions:

Do you hyphenate "related" when not part of an adjective? Example: The accident was work related. It was a work-related accident.

Do you hypenated "related" with words that end in -ly? Example: A musically-related aspect...

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On the first, I would - but my friend Google tells me it's inconsistent, even among sites related to human resources and attorneys. I'm someone who avoids the hyphen if possible, so if my instinct says to hyphenate and I'm usually in the "no" camp, it's probably safe to do it. With most things, however, just be consistent. (And do make sure you refer to your company's style manual to see if they already have a ruling on this.)

On the second, absolutely no! That one I can answer with confidence. On the other hand, I don't really understand the need for the adverb-related - why not just say "a musical aspect"? When in doubt, re-write: An aspect that pertains to the musicality of the piece... etc.

Good luck!
This topic came up once before, and I said that I remember from some dark place in my memory that if it precedes the noun, it is hyphenated, and not hyphenated if it follows [his work-related injury... ~ ...his injury was work related]. I was fairly well blown out of the water, because most of the others don't seem to remember ever learning such a thing. GG's good advice is to be consistent (difficult to do if you follow what I remember as having learned ).
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You're spot-on, Philip. She attends school part time; she's a part-time student. The goal was scored on a power play; it was a power-play goal.

However, with some phrases, like "related" (or "wide"), the rules aren't as clear. It's a company-wide problem, for sure, but is the problem found company-wide? Or companywide? The behavior was related to the divorce, it was a divorce-related problem, but was the problem divorce-related? I couldn't find a reference to this in the AP Stylebook and Bartleby wasn't much help either, so I turned to Google and got no help there either.

Hence, golden rules #1 and #2 are in play: 1) Be consistent and 2) do do what helps the reader while you don't do what confuses the reader.
when it is companywide, it is one word. the hyphen should only be used when two words modify another and when either word standing alone wouldn't make sense.
This all makes sense, but what does one do if there are two nouns connected with an "and"? For example, is it:

...home and work-related,


... home- and work-related ??
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When a compound adjective consists of a noun plus a participle, hyphenate this combination whether it appears before or after the noun.

The old procedures were all too time-consuming.
A number of city-owned properties will be auctioned off next week.

I think this would apply to work-related.
AnonymousThis all makes sense, but what does one do if there are two nouns connected with an "and"? For example, is it:...home and work-related,OR... home- and work-related ??
I see no one responded to this.
...home- and work-related.
It's called a suspended hyphen.
For sure, it is "home- and work-related." That is correct. The "related" is "understood" to be attached to "home" as well, even though it is not explicitly written.
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